Joseph Mallord William Turner

Raby Castle and Park from the South-West


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 232 × 328 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLVI 15 a

Catalogue entry

As Turner’s inscription indicates, the south-west corner of the castle is seen here, with Joan’s Tower at the centre, Bulmer’s Tower on the right and Clifford’s Tower behind the trees on the left of Joan’s Tower, with the gatehouse beyond. The lower parts of the south front have subsequently been rebuilt, with a more prominent, three-sided, projecting façade to the Barons’ Hall towards the right.
The castle is reflected in Low Pond, which is separated by a track from High Pond, which in turn reflects the trees on the left. The drawing continues a little further to the left on folio 30 recto (D12291; CLVI 18a). Deer are cursorily indicated on the slope below the trees.
There are distant views of Raby from this side on folios 18 verso and 19 verso (D12295, D12277; CLVI 21, 11). As now bound and foliated, sketches of the castle and its surroundings fill most of the second half of the sketchbook, from folio 17 recto (D12298; CLVI 22a) to folio 32 recto (D12309; CLVI 28).

Matthew Imms
February 2010

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